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People and their pets have a long history, and animal lovers can often count on groups such as the Humane Society to help administer care to our furry friends. But in Colorado Springs, the two organizations responsible for this care are feuding, leaving animal health by the wayside. (For more, see the cover story, beginning on page 13.)

click to enlarge Tara Hinton  -  - Rockrimmon  -  - Legal assistant -  -  -  - Are you a cat person or a dog person? Cat.  -  - What's the difference? Cats are lower maintenance. They don't require as much time as a dog. -  - What's the best Humane Society story you've ever heard? One of my friends used to volunteer there, and she always felt so bad for the cats. You know after they're down there for a certain time, they get put to sleep. So if an animal was about to get put to sleep, her family would adopt it. They've got like a mini-farm. -  - Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Yes! I had gotten a kitten down there one time. It had a lung disease. We'd had the cat for like two weeks, and we woke up one morning, and it was dead. I felt so bad for the kitty.
  • Tara Hinton

    Rockrimmon

    Legal assistant

    Are you a cat person or a dog person? Cat.

    What's the difference? Cats are lower maintenance. They don't require as much time as a dog.

    What's the best Humane Society story you've ever heard? One of my friends used to volunteer there, and she always felt so bad for the cats. You know after they're down there for a certain time, they get put to sleep. So if an animal was about to get put to sleep, her family would adopt it. They've got like a mini-farm.

    Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Yes! I had gotten a kitten down there one time. It had a lung disease. We'd had the cat for like two weeks, and we woke up one morning, and it was dead. I felt so bad for the kitty.

click to enlarge Matt Matthews  -  - Village Seven  -  - Security officer -  -  -  - What's the best stupid pet trick you've heard of? Spike [his boss's dog] runs after bones. Most dogs like to chase balls. This one runs after bones, [plastic] woofle bones. -  - Are you a cat person or a dog person, and what's the difference? Dog person. I like dogs. Cats are hairy and can shed in your coffee. -  - Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Years ago I worked for the humane society, and it wasn't very good at all. The two of them that are here now don't get along. In New York, the police department takes over, and that's what they should do here.
  • Matt Matthews

    Village Seven

    Security officer

    What's the best stupid pet trick you've heard of? Spike [his boss's dog] runs after bones. Most dogs like to chase balls. This one runs after bones, [plastic] woofle bones.

    Are you a cat person or a dog person, and what's the difference? Dog person. I like dogs. Cats are hairy and can shed in your coffee.

    Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Years ago I worked for the humane society, and it wasn't very good at all. The two of them that are here now don't get along. In New York, the police department takes over, and that's what they should do here.

click to enlarge Shari Kleeman  -  - West Side  -  - Gardener -  -  -  - What's the best stupid pet trick you've heard of? Playing dead.  -  - Are you a cat person or a dog person? Both.  -  - What's the difference? Cats are much more independent. Dogs give you that instant gratification. They love you no matter what. You come home, and they kiss you. Cats could care less. -  - Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Yes, I just had one. Somebody took my cat to the pound. It was there for three days and came home very sick. This was the new humane society, the Colorado Humane Society.
  • Shari Kleeman

    West Side

    Gardener

    What's the best stupid pet trick you've heard of? Playing dead.

    Are you a cat person or a dog person? Both.

    What's the difference? Cats are much more independent. Dogs give you that instant gratification. They love you no matter what. You come home, and they kiss you. Cats could care less.

    Ever heard any horror stories involving a humane society? Yes, I just had one. Somebody took my cat to the pound. It was there for three days and came home very sick. This was the new humane society, the Colorado Humane Society.

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